If you’re a dog owner, then you know just as well as any other that you’ll pretty much do anything for your pet. How could you say no to that loving face that is always there to greet you with smiles at the end of a rough day?
Dogs are very active animals, and they need to get plenty of exercise to feel fulfilled and stay healthy. This is even more true for some breeds like border collies and retrievers that are meant to run about as part of their genetics.
With the busy lives we lead it can become quite difficult to make the time it takes to give your dog all of the exercise they need. Trips to the park are great, but they take a solid chunk of time. Walks are great too and more convenient, but still they might not be enough to fulfill your dog’s need to run free.
One great solution is to install an electric dog fence in your yard. Basically what these systems do is set a boundary where your dog can roam free while still being contained. All they have to do is wear a collar that’s compatible with the system.
The great thing about these types of containment systems is that they are rather affordable. You’re looking at something on the order of a few hundred dollars, as opposed to what it would cost to install an actual fence – more likely in the thousands of dollars. They also don’t actually take up the physical space or block your line of site like a real fence would.
If you’re interested in reading through an in-depth guide about electric dog fences, this is a good place to start: https://www.thepamperedpup.com/best-electric-wireless-dog-fence-reviews/. You’ll see that you can choose from both in-ground and wireless designs, each having its benefits. Personally, I opted for an in-ground fence for my dog because I liked the benefit of being able to specifically set the boundaries rather than rely on the preset shape determined by the wireless units.
Of course the question then becomes obvious: How is this wireless fence system working out?
I’m happy to report that it is working fantastically. It took a little bit of training, but my dog has grown accustomed to it in a matter of weeks and has no problem staying within the boundaries of the fence system. It’s nice because I can just let her out when I get home from work and I don’t have to keep an eye on her. She gets plenty of exercise and time outside, and that’s still on top of our routine walks that we take every day.
On the weekends when it’s nice she can spend pretty much the entire day outside, unless of course the sun is so strong that she prefers to come inside to the air conditioning. She seems happier and she has definitely been losing some weight from all of the exercise she’s been getting, which the vet has been recommending for quite some time now.
All in all I’d say this was a great lifestyle change for both me and the dog. I’m happier because I feel like she’s getting more of what she needs, and she’s certainly enjoying all of the extra freedom. If you’re feeling the same way as I was prior to making this purchase I’d recommend you give it a shot.